It has called for a combination of measures including enforcement and stakeholder involvement to achieve this public health-friendly goal.
Dr Sany Varghese, President of the Association said "in our day-to-day clinical practice, we are witness to unfortunate cases of children going astray following addiction to tobacco use. Criminal tendencies and even suicidal tendencies are reported in some students."
Licenses of shops selling tobacco products near educational institutions should be cancelled to cut out supply of these products, Dr Sany pointed out.
Association Secretary Dr Gitanjali Natarajan said, Youngsters have told us how they sneak in tobacco products to schools without the knowledge of their parents and teachers.
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